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  • Monthly Archives: June 2011

    Obama's Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan Jeopardizes Hard-Won Gains

    President Barack Obama speaks on Afghanistan withdrawal on June 22, 2011

    President Obama’s plan for a hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan risks squandering the hard-won gains made on the battlefield in southern Afghanistan over the last ten months. U.S. military commanders on the ground in Afghanistan had reportedly requested a slower pace of withdrawal to afford them the opportunity … More

    Nightly Notes

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    Clips, commentary and news from the day. Send us your tips at scribe@heritage.org. Tax reform should adhere to moral principles Marriage is Detroit’s secret weapon against child poverty A twist in Obama’s health care law CBO: Stimulus almost doubled U.S. debt Energy and Commerce Chairman: Look for light bulb agreement … More

    Obamacare Dumps Millions More into Failing Medicaid Program

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      Yet another newly revealed flaw of Obamacare promises to add billions to the cost of the new health law. Due to what was presumably an oversight in the drafting of the legislation, it could potentially unload 24.7 million additional Americans onto the Medicaid program. That’s 50 percent higher than … More

    PODCAST: Heritage 2011 Budget Chart Book

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    In a new Heritage in Focus, Heritage research assistant Emily Goff discusses our 2011 Budget Chart Book which shows in vivid detail the severity of America’s spending crisis. Listen to the full interview here. In this podcast, Goff offers solutions to prevent us from worsening our fiscal situation. In addition, … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Fred Upton Blames EPA for Obstructing Alaska Oil Drilling

    Shell spent five years and more than $3.5 billion while waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to grant a permit for drilling in Alaska. Now lawmakers in Congress hope to force the hand of EPA bureaucrats by mandating a six-month deadline to review permit applications. The Jobs and Energy Permitting … More

    Belize: Lights Dimming on Economic Freedom

    On June 20, the government of Belize expropriated the 70 percent ownership interest in the Belize Electric Company (BEL) held by the shareholder-owned, Canada-based energy giant Fortis. Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), a hydroelectric business that Fortis also owns, has not been expropriated—yet. Fortis has invested more than $400 million … More

    Increasing Access to Alaska’s Oil

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    Once delivering 2.1 million barrels of oil a day to the United States, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world’s largest pipeline systems, now carries about one-third of that. Although the pipeline collects oil from several fields, falling production in those fields could eventually cause the pipeline to shut down. … More

    CBO Long-Term Budget Report: Our Dire Fiscal Situation

    Today’s release of the 2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) yet again confirms what we already know: America’s budget is continuing down an unsustainable path, and the longer we wait to address this problem, the more painful the policy fixes will have to be. The CBO … More

    Isolationism? A False Choice on Foreign Policy

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    On Sunday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) had a stark message for the GOP candidates on ABC’s This Week:  “We cannot move into [becoming] an isolationist party.  We cannot repeat the lessons of the 1930s when the United States of America stood by while bad things happened in the world.”  Senator … More

    Breaking Research: Obamacare Tax Subsidies a Drag on the Economy

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    While economic growth remains sluggish, the last thing the United States needs is another weight holding it back. Unfortunately, the new health care subsidy program created under Obamacare for low- and middle-income Americans does precisely that. In recent research, Heritage’s Paul Winfree lays out exactly how the Obamacare subsidies will … More